In this episode of Got Your Back podcast we broke down an elegant yet complex piece of improv wisdom, "eat the whole pizza".
We had a lot to say about the benefits of reacting to the last thing said, and really trying to "use the whole buffalo".
In part our theory is simple; if you react to what is already going on (ideally the last thing that was said or done) then you won't have to work to invent something to do next.
One thing we didn't talk about on the recording is how this reminds me of a Jason Shotts lesson I heard of second hand.
Someone would say an opening line and then as a class they would ask 3 questions about that line:
- What was just said?
- What did they really mean? (subtext)
- What else can we infer from that line?
If improvisers really took the time to use each line (or offer to include information added through physicality) they might realize the abundance of information in each move...and perhaps slow down some to use more of what is already there.